In October 1941 Hitler launched Operation Typhoon the German drive to capture Moscow and knock the Soviet Union out of the war. As the last chance to escape the dire implications of a winter campaign, Hitler directed seventy-five German divisions, almost two million men and three of Germany's four panzer groups into the offensive, resulting in huge victories at Viaz'ma and Briansk - among the biggest battles of the Second World War. David Stahel's groundbreaking new account of Operation Typhoon captures the perspectives of both the German high command and individual soldiers, revealing that despite success on the battlefield the wider German war effort was in far greater trouble than is often acknowledged. Germany's hopes of final victory depended on the success of the October offensive but the autumn conditions and the stubborn resistance of the Red Army ensured that the capture of Moscow was anything but certain.
Stephen G. Fritz - author of Ostkrieg: Hitler's War of Extermination in the East
Geoffrey P. Megargee - author of War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941
Dennis Showalter - author of Hitler's Panzers: The Lightning Attacks that Revolutionized Warfare
Robert M. Citino - author of Death of the Wehrmacht: The German Campaigns of 1942
Source: Military History Magazine
Source: World War II
Daniel Pilfold - The Second World War Military Operations Research Group
David Glantz Source: Journal of Military History
Adam Koeth Source: Armchair General
Evan Mawdsley Source: War in History
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